July 28, 2013 - Political satirist Culture of Truth bases The Bobblespeak Translations on the Sunday Talk Shows — usually Meet The Press — then creates the 'most ridiculous moment' for Virtually Speaking Sundays. We create a separate podcast and post the copy here.
Hi, I'm Culture of Truth,
Meet The Press is losing longtime producer Betsy Fischer Martin, and it may already be showing, as no transcript was posted this week. David Gregory had on Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, and confronted him with an op-ed from the Wall Street Journal declaring Obama the worst President for the middle class in modern history, perhaps forgetting the last President gave us the worst recession in decades.
On NSA surveillance, Representative Mike Rogers said we should be worried about President Obama reading our medical records; that you expose more information on an envelope than is contained in your phone records; that we need to collect phone records — every single American — to prevent another 9/11 and in any case there have been zero privacy violations and 54 violent terrorists captured.
Maria Bartiromo said what New York voters really want is less regulation of businesses, and that we can all agree that corporations should pay lower taxes, while Harold Ford implored the President to propose infrastructure spending, approve the Keystone pipeline and give the Republicans whatever they want.
Back on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Glenn Greenwald said that the NSA has recordings of trillions of phone calls, which any low level private contractor can listen in on. Senator Saxby Chambliss said that can't be true because he spent two hours at the NSA headquaters and they told him it wasn't. He also said quote “We should never invade any American citizen's privacy,” unquote but suggested if we had collected metadata in 2001, the 9/11 attacks might have been prevented. Peggy Noonan said that even the American people just re-elected Barack Obama President, they don't listen to him anymore, while George Will said the people of Detroit have a bad culture and vote for criminals.
But the weekend was dominated by what George Stephanopoulos called — quote — the “summer of scandal,” including steroids in baseball and of course, Anthony Weiner. Stephanopoulos spent the last half of his show on the subjects, while David Gregory asked all his panelists to weigh in on Anthony Weiner, then interviewed city council speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, where he asked her several questions about Weiner and one about stop-and-frisk. After that brief interview with the next probable Mayor of New York, he turned back to his panel, and brought the conversation ... back to Anthony Weiner.
So we have unrest in Egypt, an oil rig on fire, more serious accusations about the NSA, an unprecedented vote to defund an NSA program, and a major President address on the economy, and the Sunday shows are obsessed with some sexual texts sent by a former Congressman who is almost certainly not going to be elected Mayor of New York or anything else.
And that's the most ridiculous thing that happened this Sunday.